From sidewalk cafes to Michelin starred restaurants, literal hole-in-the-wall pubs to chic wine bars, Cow Hollow truly has something for everyone.
From Nice Ventures, the team behind the beloved (and sadly, now retired) Rose Pistola in North Beach comes Terzo, a Mediterranean bistro in the heart of Cow Hollow. With large and small plates, community tables, and an extensive wine list, Terzo is the perfect spot for after work apps and drinks with your girlfriends, or for a romantic date night. BONUS: The kitchen staff are very knowledgeable of food allergens.
TERZO | $$$ | 3011 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Eat: Hummus, Braised Niman Ranch Pork Shoulder | What to Drink: Banshee Pinot Noir
Another member of the Nice Ventures family is Rose’s Cafe, an Italian style corner cafe serving simple, fresh baked goods, dishes, and desserts, in addition to European vibes. Rose’s is open all day, making it a go-to for everything from your pre-commute cappuccino and pastry, date night, or weekend brunch.
ROSE’S CAFE | $$ | 2298 Union Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Eat: Chanterelle Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil | What to Drink: Brancaia Tre Sangiovese Blend
Formerly home to Café des Amis, Belga has transported the former brasserie from Paris to Brussels, serving up German and Californian-inspired Belgian bites and brews. Belga is a catch-all spot, perfect for friendly beers, date nights, and everything in between. With a homey private room in the back (complete with a working fireplace!), Belga is also the spot to host a cozy holiday dinner party.
BELGA | $$$ | 2000 Union Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Eat: Sausage Board, Roasted Half-Chicken | What to Drink: Cali Craft Kolsch
French Chef Dominique Crenn opened her first restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood in 2011, and rose to international fame, earning the world’s 50 Best Restaurant’s Best Female Chef award in 2016. The two Michelin star restaurant serves innovative French fare, presented artfully with a poetic menu. Dinner for two costs $705, or $1,085 with a wine pairing, and must be prepaid.
ATELIER CRENN | $$$$ | 3127 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA | Prix Fixe Menu
West Coast Wine • Cheese
West Coast Wine • Cheese features a well-curated wine list and cheese selection, but don’t think the Cow Hollow favorite is limited to its namesake offerings; also on the menu is charcuterie, salads, and New American small plates. Honored with Wine Spectator‘s 2017 Award of Excellence, West Coast Wine • Cheese’s intimate setting makes it ideal for first dates, happy hour turtle time, or post-dinner dessert cheese and wine.
WEST COAST WINE • CHEESE | $$ | 2165 Union Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Eat: Risotto Croquettes | What to Drink: Anything, but you can never go wrong with Roederer Estate Brut
Black Horse London Pub
Black Horse London Pub is one of San Francisco’s many oddities. What is it? With approximately 133 square feet, it’s the City’s smallest bar, and the smallest pub west of the Mississippi. The cozy cash and beer only bar is a fun and different date night spot, and a great place to get to know your neighbors if you live in the neighborhood.
BLACK HORSE LONDON PUB | $ | 1514 Union Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Drink: Whatever’s in the bathtub
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
Come into work like a wrecking ball every morning after caffeinating at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters on Union Street. This quaint, Insta-worthy coffee shop features a very San Francisco design with a custom-built brew bar and gorgeous pineapple wallpaper from Rifle Paper Company.
WRECKING BALL COFFEE ROASTERS | $ | 2271 Union Street, San Francisco, CA | What to Order: Cappucino